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The agency shattered the fundraising goal for its annual Christmas
season campaign as local residents dug deep into their pockets this
year, according to agency officials.
As of Tuesday, $116,000 has been collected through the
month-and-a-half-long campaign, which ended Christmas Eve, but the final
tally could approach $120,000, according to Capt. Kevin Zanders. That
figure would put the campaign $8,000, or nearly 7.5 percent, ahead of
the $112,000 goal. Last year, the campaign netted $108,000.
“We firmly believe that God is going to give us exactly what we need to
get through the year,” Zanders said. “... It kind of blew us away.
were pleasantly surprised. Some other places were up and others were
down (in Red Kettle donations). Generally, what we’re seeing is that
because the need is great, people are digging deeper this year.”
Students in the Massillon City School District and from Tuslaw
Elementary School raised $1,800 alone by filling classroom milk jugs
with cash for the campaign, Zanders noted.
In addition, the agency benefited from a store that increased the
number of days it would allow bell ringers to be in front of the store,
according to Zanders.
“They let us go back to six days a week,” he said.
Zanders also noted the unusually mild December weather helped to boost
“We had a lot of snow and wind chill last year,” he said.
All donated funds will help the Salvation Army provide programming and
services, including housing assistance and school supplies, to
Another local agency, the American Red Cross Stark County Chapter, is
receiving donations through the agency’s national fundraising campaign,
which continues through the end of the year, according to development
director Jacquie Batchelder. Nationally, donations collected in December
make up roughly 20 percent of all non-disaster contributions to the Red
“Our fundraising efforts are ongoing,” Batchelder said.
“Holiday donations are still arriving until mid-January.”
Typically, the need for emergency services, such as food, clothing and
shelter, or casework to a member of a military family rises during the
winter months, according to Batchelder.
Donations are being accepted at www.redcross.org or by calling
1-800-733-2767. In addition, residents can go to the Red Cross Holiday
Gift Catalog, which can be accessed on the website, and buy a symbolic
gift. The catalog includes donations for items such as a military
comfort kit filled with a phone card, robe, shower shoes, toiletries and
an MP3 music gift card for those who have been wounded.
For more than 135 years The Salvation Army has worked tirelessly to improve the quality of life for people in need in Northeast Ohio. The Salvation Army works every day to elevate men, women and children up from despair to provide hope and assistance through programs that work. In teaching life skills, The Salvation Army provides individuals with an opportunity to maximize their physical, emotional and spiritual being to effect permanent change.
Throughout the year, the demand for services is great. While the ultimate goal is to help people change their lives permanently, The Salvation Army services support those in need as they work to improve their lives.
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Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.
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